Ted Gacomis Scholarship for Civil Engineering


Mission Statement

Ted Gacomis worked with several civil engineering firms in Chester County. For thirty plus years, he was part of Edward B. Walsh (EBW) & Associates, based in Exton, PA, where he became a Partner and Vice President. The EBW family and the many County township officials with whom he worked were a very important part of his life.

Ted offered his engineering skills to many organizations as a volunteer, including Habitat for Humanity and Operation Honduras, the latter holding a very special place in his heart as he volunteered there for more than twelve years.

Ted was more than a Civil Engineer; it was very important to him to mentor and support future generations of young men and women in his profession.  He offered his time and knowledge freely and was never too busy to answer a question. Along with this “teaching” came, of course, the jokes and sense of humor he loved to share.

He was born in Kingston, PA and graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School. He then attended the Pennsylvania State University to study Civil Engineering, which was followed by receiving his engineering license. Prior to joining EBW, Ted’s first professional employment was with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, where he continued his learning, including that of adding to his repertoire of practical jokes. Ted loved to have fun with his co-workers and friends.

A gentleman, scholar, true friend, and a humble man, Ted would be so pleased to be honored with a scholarship bearing his name that would help a young person know what it means to be a person of integrity, compassion and hard work pursuing a degree in civil engineering.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior high school student in Chester County pursuing a degree in civil engineering.

Because Ted was a dear mentor to many, Howell Engineering, a full service civil engineering/land surveying/environmental firm, located in West Chester, PA, will provide, in addition to the scholarship, a summer internship complete with a mentoring opportunity.  Engineering interns would be exposed to all facets of civil engineering design and the latest AutoCAD design software as well as drone technology. Howell performs civil site design engineering and land surveying for a wide variety of clients including residential, commercial and industrial real estate developers.

“We would be happy to commit to an internship each and every year. The time Ted spent with me when I was 20, 21 and 22 years old made all of the difference in the world to me.  I know I was not billable all the time but Ted poured the learning on all of the time.”
–  Denny L. Howell, II PE’s, President, D.L. Howell and Associates, Inc.

It is the family’s initial intent to raise $25,000+ for a fund that can support a scholarship in Ted’s memory.

CCCF extends our deepest condolences to the Gacomis family.


To make a donation in memory of Ted Gacomis…

Make checks payable to:
Ted Gacomis Scholarship for Civil Engineering Fund c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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